Tag Archives: Latvia

Latvians and their backsides

On Friday, as I had a nice early finish, I decided that it was about time I made an appointment to have my hair cut. I had been putting this off for a while, partly because I was afraid that … Continue reading

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How to pee like a Latvian

Disclaimer: I have never actually seen a Latvian woman pee. This post is based on the evidence I witness each and every time I step into a public toilet here. However, having put my ‘Horatio Caine’ thinking cap on, this … Continue reading

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Something is rotten in the state of Latvia

If you’ve heard about Latvia in the news recently (apart from the Winter Olympics – three medals and counting), you’ve more than likely heard about how Latvia has one of the highest GDP growth rates in Europe, or how Latvia … Continue reading

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Linda in Wonderland?

Question: What’s more entertaining than a bunch of drunk, toothless, cross-eyed Russians playing football with an empty bottle? Answer: The 16th Annual Ice Sculpture Festival in Jelgava, that’s what! Or at least that’s what I hoped on Saturday afternoon as … Continue reading

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Invasion of the Sperm Snatchers

The other day, I came across a rather ‘interesting’ thread on a Latvian discussion forum. Caution: Men might want to cover their dangly bits before reading on… A Latvian woman, clearly insane desperate to have a baby had encountered a … Continue reading

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Jānis gets Yummier

Since our first meeting, Yummy Jānis and I have been restricted to getting to know each other better via Facebook as he lives in Jelgava (of all places). It’s been an eye-opening experience. For example, I recently discovered that Yummy is quite … Continue reading

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Expat Eye is One!

Today Expat Eye on Latvia is one year old! What a year it’s been – I’ve met some amazing people, both online and in the real world, and I’m so grateful to them for reading. I can hardly believe that … Continue reading

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The weird and wonderful world of Latvian names

For Christmas, one of my students gave me a calendar and, I have to say, it really is the gift that keeps on giving. Not only do I now know what day it is most of the time, I am … Continue reading

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The Latvians take over! (Part 2)

The second guest post comes from one of my favourite Latvians. If we were guys, she’d be my brother from another mother. However, as there’s no female equivalent (that I’m aware of), I tend to think of her as my … Continue reading

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Mobile Mania

Latvians are not the most verbose of people. In response to my ‘So, did you have a nice Christmas/New Year?’, I received, ‘Yes’. OK, OK, so it was a closed question – I should have known better. I quickly realised … Continue reading

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